Egg recall up to 380m, ‘hundreds’ sickened

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa has expanded their egg recall to encompass 380 million eggs, up from the recall count yesterday of 228 million of the affected eggs.

The outbreak began nearly three months ago:

The salmonella outbreak began in May, when several states began seeing an increase in the number of cases of a common type of bacterial illness known as Salmonella Enteritidis, said Dr. Christopher R. Braden, acting director of food-borne diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The numbers continued to grow, and in June and July, a database used to track disease nationwide found that the number of cases had risen from a historical average of about 50 a week to about 200.

Public health officials in Michigan, Colorado and California were able to determine that many of the people who’d fallen ill had recently consumed eggs, and further investigating lead them back to Wright County Egg. Hundreds of people in several states are thought to have fallen ill since the start of this outbreak, but so far, no deaths have been linked to the strain. Officials say that only about one out of every 30 cases of salmonella is reported, so the number of people who have fallen ill due to tainted eggs may be far higher.